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DaveTrojan

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Found this piece of aircraft wreckage in an Antique shop in Petaluma California.
A pretty cool Battle of Britain relic! 

It had a label:
Defiant I7026
crashed 28Aug1940

relic had part numbers:
D83062
B86779

It appears the relic is from The Boulton Paul Defiant, a British interceptor aircraft that served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II. The Defiant was designed and built by Boulton Paul Aircraft as a "turret fighter", without any forward-firing guns. (dumb!)

During the Battle of Britain, On August 28th, 1940, No. 264 (Madras Presidency) Squadron lost five aircraft (to JG 26) with nine crew killed, and effectively ended operations, withdrawing to RAF Duxford the following day. 

With these losses, the Defiant—which had been intended from the start as a day and night fighter—was transferred to night operations instead. The type had proven unsuited to the demands of the day fighter when set against the likes of the Bf 109E, and was less capable than other RAF aircraft such as the Hurricane and the Spitfire. By 31 August, over half the delivered Defiants had been shot down by Luftwaffe aircraft, a rate that was deemed to be unacceptable.

Anyone confirm part numbers for the Defiant aircraft?
Does anyone have more info about squadron #264 losses on 28 August? 
Does anyone have more info about Defiant # 7026?
Value?

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Are you sure it's not L7026?

This Defiant was lost on 28 August 1940.   Shot down by Me109s near Sillibourne Farm, Hinxhill, Kent (near Dover).   With No. 264 Squadron.
Pilot Officers P.L. Kenner and C.E. Johnson were killed.

Their losses had been so bad that apparently August 28th was the last time they flew Defiants on daytime sorties.   264 Sq lost 4 Defiants on that day with 2 badly damaged.

Attached is a colorized photo of L7026.

You could probably get a record of it here:

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/royal-air-force-personnel/

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Great find, from Kent to Petaluma!

I think the British parts had an “AM”-crown stamp (for Air Ministry).  Defiant would be P82 or BP inspection stamp?

Hit you with some links:

http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Kenner.htm

http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/JohnsonCE.htm

These guys have a Defiant and apparently excavated 3 Defiant crash sites from 264 squadron, they might have more info:

http://www.kbobm.org/

Post a message on here:

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?board=141.0

https://stephentaylorhistorian.com/2018/04/18/ww2-aircraft-parts-prefix-codes/

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Very cool thing to locate, Dave!

Could it be the coaming around the turret structure?

Or possibly the trailing edge, wing-root section?

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WOW, Thank You Chris!
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Wow! Cool find, great info from the hivemind. The piece looks like it has fasteners on it, so the coaming is a good bet. 

Incredible to say the least, to find that piece in the US - hope you bought it! 
Dennis

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Looking at those pictures:  And I thought a B-17 Ball turret was a bad place to get out of!  Dennis
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The "dumb" idea of a turret only bomber interceptor actually was revived in the original "Interim Interceptor" program which became the F-89. The original armament was to be a Martin turret that retracted into the nose. It was abandoned in testing for a simpler six fixed cannon armament. 
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Battle of Britain Relic final report attached

 

 
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Again, a great report Dave.  So from an "artifact" in an antique shop, 2 British WWII fliers are remembered.  A nice touch (if you haven't already) would be to print off a copy of this article and offer it to the antique shop to accompany the artifact.  Dennis 
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